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2 Healthy Hemp Seed Recipes

TechyGran is a veteran vegan who enjoys passing along healthy, tasty recipes.

2 Healthy Hemp Seed Recipes for you! Bodacious Hemp Seed Burger and Luscious Max-Energy Balls! Enjoy!

2 Healthy Hemp Seed Recipes for you! Bodacious Hemp Seed Burger and Luscious Max-Energy Balls! Enjoy!

Healthy Hemp Food

Somebody asked me in an email if I were afraid of bananas.

The idea is that many of today's health seekers are swept up by diets that demonize some foods seen as "high carb" or "high glycemic"—like bananas and apples.

And, likewise, I have to ask: Are you afraid of hemp seeds?

No, they are not horrendously high in carbohydrates, but they do have a rap of being in the family with the vape gang—maybe they shouldn't be promoted to one's children?

Let us clear things up right away: Yes, hemp seeds do come from the cannabis sativa plant, but they do not have any mind-altering features. In Canada, legally grown hemp seed is very rigorously regulated to make sure that it does not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chief ingredient in "recreational" cannabis. If your kids overeat these teeny tasty food seeds, they will not get high. Their acne might clear up, they might improve their ability to concentrate in class, but they will not float into LaLaLand. Promise!

Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Here are some of the amazing health features of these little nuts:

  1. Hemp seeds have all nine of the amino acids required to build protein. They are a complete protein, in other words, and you can acquire almost 10 g of protein from a 3-tablespoon snack of raw hemp seeds.
  2. There is some indication that hemp seeds help with the balancing of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Generally, we take in more omega-6 than our body needs and less omega-3. A study of hens fed hemp seeds showed that their eggs were larger and more rich in omega-3 with an improved balance between omega-3 and omega-6 than the control group of hens not consuming hemp seeds.
  3. Hemp seeds provide fibre, especially if you consume the ones that haven't been hulled (although they are not as delicious and a little harder to come by).
  4. Hemp seed contains many important vitamins and minerals including niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus.
  5. The CBD compound in hemp seeds may help with various neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, neuropathy, and possibly even Alzheimer's dementia. A study found that the cannabidiol (CBD) content in the seeds is very high in antioxidants, and a 2018 review of the studies regarding neuro-protectiveness suggests that there are not only brain-shielding components but that hemp seeds may also amp up the immune system with an anti-inflammatory effect.
  6. Hemp seeds are also considered to be heart-protective. The significantly healthful ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids can alleviate inflammatory conditions. High levels of the amino acid called arginine become nitric oxide, which has many positive outcomes for the heart, such as maintaining smooth, elastic blood vessel walls.
  7. More research is needed, but scientists believe that studies show that consuming hemp seeds may improve skin conditions, particularly some forms of acne and atopic dermatitis.

The above are a few of the many possible benefits to the health for those eating hemp food daily over time.

Reference: Medical News Today.com

Healthy Recipes You Can Make at Home

Both of the following recipes were chosen to pass along to you because they are not only healthy and easy to put together, but they taste great! Our vegan household goes through a lot of fresh vegetables and commercially-prepared foods in a week. Over time we have discovered that our simple "copies" of some of the store-bought, processed foods have not only saved us money, but we also get to choose what ingredients we include and leave out. We think that our home-make recipes taste as good, or sometimes better, than the packaged stuff.

The first recipe is a high-protein vegan burger that I have dredged in hemp seeds (less than a half cup) to make a patty very similar to my favourite brand-name burger, but with less salt and fat because I choose to bake it on a piece of parchment paper in my little electric oven instead of frying it. You can go ahead and fry it as well, if that is your preference. You might also want to put in your own preferred seasonings as you get used to making it. Enjoy!

1. The Bodacious Hemp Seed Burger

The Bodacious Burger: Hubby and I have use fewer seasonings in our burgers and instead go for some Bubby's natural dill pickles, tomatoes, sometimes ketchup or salsa to provide effect.  We also tend to use alfalfa sprouts instead of lettuce.

The Bodacious Burger: Hubby and I have use fewer seasonings in our burgers and instead go for some Bubby's natural dill pickles, tomatoes, sometimes ketchup or salsa to provide effect. We also tend to use alfalfa sprouts instead of lettuce.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces/455 grams tofu, firm
  • 1/2 cup/ 115 grams water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup/230 grams pecans or pecan meal, or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon/ 2.33 grams onion powder
  • 1 cup/ 90 grams oat flakes, gluten-free if required
  • 1 teaspoon/2.33 grams garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons/4.66 grams chicken-style seasoning, vegan, if you are
  • 1/2- 1 cup/85 grams - 270 grams hemp seeds, shelled/hulled raw
Bodacious Hemp Seed Burger

Bodacious Hemp Seed Burger

Instructions

  1. Set oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit/ 204.44 degrees Celsius. Put silicon mat or sheet of parchment on the pan. Pour hemp seed on to a plate.
  2. Drain tofu and place in a large bowl. Wearing plastic gloves (to meet standards of Food Safe) or using a fork or potato masher, mash up the tofu
  3. You can make pecan meal in your blender or food processor. Process until very fine.
  4. Add rolled oats, pecan meal, garlic powder, onion powder and chicken-style seasoning into the tofu. Mixing with gloved hands works well.
  5. Run onion and water in blender until the mixture is smooth. Add it to the bowl with other ingredients.
  6. Mix well, squeezing and stirring, with gloved hands. Form into patties that will fit your buns. Will likely make about 10-12 patties/burgers. Dredge carefully in the hemp seeds on plate and add to the baking sheet.
  7. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes, turning at about the half-way point.
  8. Remove and put on buns with your favourite additions. Extra patties may be cooled and refrigerated for use as more burgers, broken into parts to be added to spaghetti sauce or veggie stews.

2. Luscious Fudgy Hemp Seed Max-Energy Balls

Luscious Fudgy Hemp Seed Max-Energy Balls

Luscious Fudgy Hemp Seed Max-Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons/64 grams almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons/42.5 grams honey*
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon/5 ml vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup/25 grams coconut shreds, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup/25 grams cacao powder (not as bitter as cocoa)
  • 1/4 cup/30 grams dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup/44 grams mini chocolate or white chocolate chips, fair trade if possible
  • 1/2 cup/80 grams hemp seeds

Note: If you are a vegan who does not eat honey, you might use 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or soaked Medjool dates

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, hand mix the almond butter, honey, vanilla and salt together until well-blended
  2. Mix in all the other ingredients (except the hemp seeds)
  3. Use plastic gloves on hands to mix well, if possible, or a spoon.
  4. If it seems too thin and not hanging together, add more coconut
  5. When homogeneous, roll into 6 equi-size small balls and roll in the hemp seeds
  6. Chill for at least 30 minutes or longer
  7. Eat or keep in the fridge until needed for energy
Energy balls are the bomb!

Energy balls are the bomb!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 07, 2020:

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. I see that you share my interest in maintaining good health and hempseeds really rate high in that arena. Enjoy the bliss balls!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on March 06, 2020:

I must try the hemp seed fudge balls! The hamburger - I would be lazy and just mix in the hemp seeds I think..it sounds tasty and filling too. I do use hemp seed added in pancakes and muffins for extra protein. Thanks for sharing your recipes here!

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 29, 2019:

Bill,

Thank you for looking at this article even if you are not really enthused by the content. I appreciate the gesture. I will have to branch out a bit in what I write about I think. Kudos to your wife for offering a model of healthy eating in your relationship. I am quite sure you have made some adjustments over time that serve you well both in your health and in your relationship. God bless!

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 29, 2019:

Chitrangada Sharan,

For several years I have been following a health channel online that recommends various protocols, writers and researchers and I have had the opportunity to listen to some world-class top notch Indian food/crop scientists, so I suspected that you also had access to hemp seeds. We are very fortunate, aren't we, to have that great information and product available world-wide. I hope you get to try one or other of these recipes. The burger could use some 'customization' re flavour, I know that! Thank you for your fine comments.

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 29, 2019:

Linda,

Thank you. I ran across your article with the excellent hemp seed recipes just before I completed this one and had a moment of pause. But then I thought that there are many millions of people out there who don't know about hemp seeds and there is lots of room for more information. I appreciate your kind comments!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 29, 2019:

I will pass this along to my wife. She is the healthy eater in our marriage. I'm afraid my eating habits are hopeless at best. :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 29, 2019:

These recipes sound wonderful. Hemp seeds are available in India. Yes, they have great nutritional value. Though I have not tried these in such delicious recipes.

Thanks for sharing the details.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 28, 2019:

I love adding hemp seeds to food. Your recipes sound delicious, Cynthia, especially the energy ball one! Thank you for sharing them.

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 28, 2019:

Dora,

Yes, indeedy-- the energy bombs are not going extinct for sure! The energy balls are super easy to make... you can stir up the almond butter (or peanut butter, etc.) and honey while doing something online haha. Thanks for the comments!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 28, 2019:

Have never used hemp seed. Thanks for informing us of its super nutrients. I will need the energy bombs. Thanks!

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 28, 2019:

Flourish,

Thank you for dropping by with your upbeat comments!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 28, 2019:

Energy balls would be a nice treat to try. Sounds good!

Cynthia Zirkwitz (author) from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 28, 2019:

Thank you Louise, for dropping by and commenting! These tiny little seeds really do add something special to these recipes.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 28, 2019:

These recipes sound lovely. I do love the sound of the fudge energy balls. My mouth is watering now!